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PNS Daily Newscast - March 24, 2017 


On our rundown today: Republican leaders delay the vote on a health-care replacement for Obamacare; legal advice for undocumented immigrants; and one state considers an innovative way to help children with money from a settlement with Volkswagen.

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Public News Service - CA: Energy Policy

Grasslands are being lost to crops for ethanol production, particularly near ethanol plants, according to a new study. (cl_convoy/morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A new report shows the Renewable Fuel Standard has had some unintended consequences – leading to the loss of 7 million acres of grassland nationally within the past few years – mostly in and around ethanol refineries as demand grew for corn. The study showed

Multiple oil refineries on the California coast contribute to the state's persistent air-quality problems. (Thomas Hawk)

LOS ANGELES - Southern California has long been plagued with dirty air - so dirty that clean-air advocates claim the entire South Coast basin has never been in full compliance with the federal Clean Air Act. But today, the South Coast Air Quality Management District is to vote on developing a long-t

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt took his turn answering tough questions from a Senate committee as President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the E.P.A. (Gage Skidmore)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Donald Trump's pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, faces strong opposition by environmental and progressive groups - including the League of Conservation Voters. The League's vice president of government affairs, Tiernan Sit

For generations, electricity for the Central Coast region has been produced by gas-fired plants concentrated in Oxnard, a working-class community with majority populations of color. (Michele W.)

OXNARD, Calif. – Community groups from Oxnard showed up at a California Energy Commission hearing last night to voice their concerns about a proposal to build a fourth gas-fired power plant in their city. Despite its accolades for developing energy-efficient jobs and policies, California's lo

A new report says California has the nation's largest workforce in energy-efficiency services, from new construction to retrofitting older structures. (Jeremy Levine)

LOS ANGELES -- California is a powerhouse in a promising field for job creation, according to a new report that paints energy efficiency as a growing industry and an economic driver. Some of the more than 300,000 jobs in energy efficiency in California - and 1.9 million nationwide - are in new cons

Aliso Canyon has not yet reopened, and there are concerns about possible blackouts. (Environmental Defense Fund)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – It's been a year now since methane was discovered flowing out of the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field, a leak that took nearly four months to stop. And environmental groups are taking stock of the efforts made to fix the problem and prevent future blowouts. Tim O

Phase two of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan is now moving forward, targeting private lands. (Timotale/iStockphoto)

PALM DESERT, Calif. -- Private lands in the southern California desert will have a large role to play in fighting climate change, according to conservation groups. The U.S. Secretary of the Interior signed the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan last week, which covers 11 million acres of fe

Mojave Trails National Preserve is protected under the new Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan finalized Wednesday. (Bryn Jones)

PALM DESERT, Calif. — A deal on conservation and renewable energy between the state of California and federal agencies that was eight years in the making is now a reality. U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell signed the record of decision finalizing the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Pl

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